In cases of emergency (immediate danger or doubt about an employee’s condition), CALL THE PARAMEDICS. DO NOT CALL A PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICE. If the paramedics determine that the employee needs to be transported to a medical facility, be sure to send along a completed Medical Service Order.
TRANSPORTING EMPLOYEES FOR TREATMENT:
THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR EMPLOYEES SHOULD ALWAYS BE OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN.
When making the determination about transporting employees for treatment, please consider the safety of the employee and the immediate need for treatment. If you choose to transport the employee yourself, are you prepared to render emergency treatment should the condition become life-threatening? Would you be able to continue transporting the employee and still ender the necessary emergency treatment? Do you have access to a phone to call for help if something goes wrong on the way to the hospital?
HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS
Employees should be sent to a designated Industrial Medical Facility whenever possible. If the injury is such that it require immediate medical treatment than emergency services/hospitals can be called. Most approved designated Industrial Medical Facilities have emergency rooms that cover for them when their facilities are closed.
Refer to the list of authorized medical treatment facilities and emergency hospitals on Work Force Exchange. It is recommended that you have a listing of those facilities located in and around your work area for immediate referral if needed. It is a good idea to check with the designated facility to ascertain their current hours. Some facilities have extended hours. Emergency room costs are additional expenses to the County, and all supervisors should exercise judgment in determining whether these costs are necessary to meet the requirements of providing medical treatment in industrial cases.
Please contact the Workers’ Compensation Division, if possible, for approval before filing out a Medical Service Order for an emergency hospital. No emergency room care will be paid for when other approved care is available. The employee will be held responsible for self-procured treatment. Self-procured treatment means medical care not authorized by the County of Riverside, Workers’ Compensation Division.
EMPLOYEES WHO SELF-PROCURE MEDICAL TREATMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF ALL CHARGES.
In the event an employee dies at work [even if it is not work-related] immediately contact and report the death to:
Workers’ Compensation Division at
951-955-3530 or 951-955-5864
The Safety Division Office at 951-955-3520